Don't have a UQ login? You can access the volunteer and visitor training and induction.

The health and safety training you are required to complete can depend on your:

  • role at UQ
  • work activities
  • previous experience and training.

See the full list of:

For other staff induction requirements and activities, see new staff induction.

All staff

These training and induction activities are required for:

  • all staff, including casual staff and tutors
  • higher degree by research students
  • visiting academics
  • unpaid trainees

They are also required for undergraduate students who are:

  • completing special projects, summer research or honours research in a work-type environment (for example, a research laboratory, workshop or field site)
  • gaining work experience or volunteering on field trips

All staff and students should also complete any relevant task-specific or role-specific training.

Training or activity Timeframe

Local site induction, including being:

  • shown the location of emergency equipment, exits and evacuation meeting points
  • introduced to local health and safety coordinators (WHSC) and representatives (HSR), floor wardens and first aid officer.

First day

General Workplace Safety online training (staff login required)

First day, with refresher required every 5 years

Annual Fire Safety online training (staff login required)

First day, with annual refresher

New worker health and safety induction checklist (PDF, 190KB) - complete this with assistance from your supervisor and WHSC

First week

Health and safety training needs analysis (PDF, 148KB) - complete this with your supervisor and complete any training identified as required for your work

First week

Staff who use computer workstations: This training is recommended but not mandatory

Supervisors and managers

This training is required for all supervisors and managers, including academics who supervise or manage staff or students.

Training or activity Timeframe

HEW 5-8 Supervisors: OHS for Supervisors and Managers training

As soon as practicable

HEW 9-10 Managers (and above): Health, Safety and Wellness (HSW) and Senior Managers training

As soon as practicable

Academic Supervisors: OHS for Supervisors and Managers training

As soon as practicable

Academic Managers: Health, Safety and Wellness (HSW) and Senior Managers training

As soon as practicable

Work Health and Safety Coordinators (WHSC)

Training or activity Timeframe
Work Health and Safety Coordinator training (contact Health, Safety and Wellness at hsw@uq.edu.au to organise training) As soon as practicable

Health and Safety Representatives (HSR)

Training or activity Timeframe
QLD Health and Safety Representatives (HSR) training Within 6 months of being elected as a HSR. This training is mandatory.

Biological materials workers

Training or activity Timeframe

Training listed on this page for laboratory workers or biosecurity (quarantine) workers

Before you start general laboratory work or work with biosecurity (quarantine) materials.

Biosafety online training (staff login required)

Before you start work in a certified PC1, PC2 or PC3 laboratory.

Emergency Procedures for Hazardous Materials training

Before you start work in a biological laboratory.

Working safely in a Class II biological safety cabinet

When you start work in a laboratory with a biological safety cabinet.

PC3 Theory training

Before you start work in a certified PC3 laboratory. Contact the Biosafety Advisors for further training requirements.

Biosecurity (quarantine) workers

Training or activity Timeframe

Working with Quarantine Material training

Before you start work with biosecurity (quarantine) materials.

Biosecurity online training (staff login required)

Before you start work with biosecurity (quarantine) materials. Contact your Workplace Health and Safety Coordinator about any other training requirements.

Training listed on this page for laboratory workers or biological materials workers

Before you start general laboratory work or work in a biological laboratory.

Emergency floor wardens

Training or activity Timeframe

Floor warden training

As soon as practicable

Field workers

Training or activity Timeframe

Field work Safety online training (staff login required)

Before you start field work.

Hand tool safety online training (staff login required) Before you use hand tools for field work.

Fire Safety Officers

Training or activity Timeframe
Fire Safety Officer training As soon as practicable

First Aid Officers

Training or activity Timeframe

Accredited first aid training provided by a registered training organisation (RTO) recognised by the Australian Skills Quality Authority. You can search for RTOs and their courses at the Australian Government's My Skills website.

UQ provides accredited first aid training. The training is open to all staff, but preference for training places is given to UQ-appointed First Aid Officers.

Before you are appointed as a First Aid Officer.

Grounds, maintenance and workshop workers

You must provide copies of required certificates, licences and permits to your supervisor before you start any relevant work. These qualifications must be recorded on Aurion.

You should discuss task-specific safety training with your supervisor. You may require additional safety training on top of what’s listed here.

Role or activities Required training, licences or permits May also be required
All staff using hand tools Hand tool safety online training (staff login required) No other requirements

Carpenters

  • Trade qualification
  • Asbestos removal licence - class B
  • Elevated work platform (EWP) licence
  • Scaffolding licence

Electricians

  • Trade qualification
  • Electrical mechanic licence
  • Confined space training
  • Work safely at heights training
  • Elevated work platform (EWP) licence

Fitter and turner

  • Trade qualification
  • Confined space training
  • Work safely at heights training
  • Elevated work platform (EWP) licence

Gardener or groundsperson

  • Trade qualification
  • Agricultural Chemicals Distribution Control (ACDC) licence
  • Tractor training
  • Chainsaw training
  • Skid steer licence
  • Traffic controller licence
  • Front-end loader (LL) licence
  • Front-end loader/backhoe (LB) licence
  • Heavy vehicle licence

Mechanic

  • Trade qualification
  • Forklift licence

Painters

  • Trade qualification
  • Elevated work platform (EWP) licence
  • Scaffolding licence
  • Work safely at heights training

Pest control officer

  • Pest management licence
  • Elevated work platform (EWP) licence
  • Scaffolding licence
  • Work safely at heights training
  • Australian Pest Control Association (APCA) Pest Control Certificate course

Plumbers

  • Trade qualification
  • Plumbers licence
  • Gas fitter licence
  • Drainers licence
  • Confined space training
  • Backflow prevention training
  • Thermostatic mixing valve training
  • On-site sewerage facility maintenance training
  • Solar and heat pump hot water systems training
  • Work safely at heights training
  • Scaffolding licence

Refrigeration mechanic

  • Trade qualification
  • Restricted electrical licence
  • Refrigerant handling licence
  • Confined space training
  • Work safely at heights training

Water and sewerage treatment plant operator

  • Waste management certificate
  • Confined space training
  • Water and sewerage operator ticket

Stock picker

  • Forklift licence

No other requirements

Hazardous chemicals workers

Training or activity Timeframe

Chemical Safety online training (staff login required)

Before you start work with hazardous chemicals.

Laboratory workers

Training or activity Timeframe

Laboratory Safety training needs analysis (PDF, 399KB) – complete this with your supervisor and complete any training identified as required for your work

Before you start laboratory work.

Laboratory Safety online training (staff login required)

Before you start laboratory work.

Local laboratory safety induction – attend an induction run by your local Laboratory Manager

 

Before you start laboratory work.

Compressed gases safety online training (staff login required)

Before you work with compressed gases.

Cryogen safety online training (staff login required)

Before you work with dry ice or liquid nitrogen.

Hand tool safety online training (staff login required)

Before you use hand tools in the workplace.

Undergraduate students

Training or activity Timeframe

Undergraduate student laboratory safety checklist and declaration (PDF, 654KB)

During the first practical class.

Plant and equipment operators

Workplace Health and Safety Coordinators or supervisors must verify and record all required operator qualifications, licences and approvals:

All staff using hand tools must also complete the Hand tool safety online training (staff login required).

Plant or equipment Category Required operator qualifications

Air-conditioning units (greater than 50kW)

Registerable plant, as per Schedule 5 of the Work Health and Safety Regulation 2011

Not specified

Amusement devices (excluding coin operated devices)

Registerable plant, as per Schedule 5 of the Work Health and Safety Regulation 2011

Not specified

Autoclaves

UQ-defined high-risk plant

UQ training

Boats

UQ-defined high-risk plant

Licence or authority to work (certificate)

Boilers (hazard level A, B or C)

Registerable plant, as per Schedule 5 of the Work Health and Safety Regulation 2011

Licence or authority to work (certificate)

Building maintenance units

Registerable plant, as per Schedule 5 of the Work Health and Safety Regulation 2011

Licence or authority to work (certificate)

Chainsaws

UQ-defined high-risk plant

Certified training via a registered training organisation (RTO)

Cooling towers

High-risk plant, as per Schedule 1 of the Work Health and Safety Act 2011

Not specified

Crane (greater than 10t)

Registerable plant, as per Schedule 5 of the Work Health and Safety Regulation 2011

Licence or authority to work (certificate)

Escalators (including moving walkways)

High-risk plant, as per Schedule 1 of the Work Health and Safety Act 2011

Registerable plant, as per Schedule 5 of the Work Health and Safety Regulation 2011

Not specified

Forklift (forklift truck, order-picking forklift truck)

UQ-defined high-risk plant

Licence or authority to work (certificate)

Fume cupboard or biosafety cabinet

UQ-defined high-risk plant

UQ training

Heavy vehicle

UQ-defined high-risk plant

Licence or authority to work (certificate)

Lifts

High-risk plant, as per Schedule 1 of the Work Health and Safety Act 2011

Registerable plant, as per Schedule 5 of the Work Health and Safety Regulation 2011

Not specified

Light vehicles

UQ-defined high-risk plant

Driver licence

Light vehicles (4WD; driving off-road)

UQ-defined high-risk plant

Driver licence

Certified training via a registered training organisation (RTO)

Load shifting equipment (dozer, excavator, front-end loader, front end loader/backhoe, grader, road roller, scraper, skid steer loader)

UQ-defined high-risk plant

Certified training via a registered training organisation (RTO)

LP gas cylinders (water capacity greater than 0.1kg)

High-risk plant, as per Schedule 1 of the Work Health and Safety Act 2011

Not specified

Motorbike

UQ-defined high-risk plant

Licence or authority to work (certificate)

Pendant cranes

UQ-defined high-risk plant

UQ training

Pressure vessels and equipment (boiler, turbine, steam engine)

Registerable plant, as per Schedule 5 of the Work Health and Safety Regulation 2011

Licence or authority to work (certificate)

Quad bikes

UQ-defined high-risk plant

Driver licence

Certified training via a registered training organisation (RTO)

Ride-on mowers

UQ-defined high-risk plant

Driver licence

UQ training

Tractors

UQ-defined high-risk plant

Driver licence

Certified training via a registered training organisation (RTO)

Truck-mounted concrete placing units with booms

Registerable plant, as per Schedule 5 of the Work Health and Safety Regulation 2011

Licence or authority to work (certificate)

Utility vehicles (for example, Kubota or Kawasaki)

UQ-defined high-risk plant

Driver licence

UQ training

Radiation workers

Training or activity Timeframe

One or both of:

Before you work with unsealed radioactive sources. You may also require a Queensland Radiation Health licence.

X-ray Safety online training (staff login required)

Before you work with X-ray devices. You may also require a Queensland Radiation Health licence.

Queensland Radiation Health licence or specialist training provided by suppliers and manufacturers.

Discuss your specific requirements with your area’s Radiation Safety Officer or the University Radiation Protection Adviser.

Before you work with unsealed radioactive sources over certain limits or specialised equipment.

Security Officers

Training or activity Timeframe

Security provider licence (Individual - Class 1)

As soon as practicable

Certified first aid training - see training for First Aid Officers on this page for example training providers

As soon as practicable

You may also require: Security provider licence (Individual - Class 2)

As soon as practicable

Traffic Officers

Training or activity Timeframe

Traffic controller licence

As soon as practicable

How to deal with difficult people (phone and face) training

As soon as practicable

External contractors

Training or activity Timeframe

UQ Contractor safety induction and registration process

Before you start work on site